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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 6 April 2015

Wimbledon tour and museum












A couple of weeks ago I went to Wimbledon to visit the Museum and to have a tour of the famous home of Lawn Tennis. Before arriving at the Museum we spotted this gold post box painted in honour of Andy Murray winning his gold medal at the London Olympics. All gold medal winners were honoured in this way.
















Once inside the Museum I was surprised to see both the Ladies' and Men's Singles Trophies.






The Museum was very interesting with film and video footage of tennis highlights. There is also a wide range of tennis memorabilia dating from 1555 to the present day.



After wandering around the Museum we then had a guided tour around the grounds.

It was a very dull day when we were there and here you can see them using artificial sunlight on No1 court ensuring it will be in perfect condition for the Wimbledon Championships at the end of June. Eventually this court will also have a retractable roof similar to the one on Centre Court.








Centre Court with the roof closed. I only wish I had a ticket for this year's championships. You apply for tickets via a ballot but Lady Luck wasn't with me this year.


This is where the cameras will be during the championships but for the moment this one made from box hedging.











There are numerous grass courts but there are  hard, clay and indoor courts as well.
This is court No18 and is famous for having the longest tennis match ever played here. It took John Isner (USA) 11 hours and 5 minutes to beat Nicolas Mahut (France: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68! in June 2010





The balcony where the winners hold up their trophies.
The championship boards that the players walk past on their way to and from Centre Court.






The stairs up from the men's changing rooms.
Main entrance for the players.

Inside the press rooms.


Just waiting to be interviewed by Our World Tuesday


26 comments:

  1. I love this museum. The grass is fantastic..

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  2. I watched a tennis match once. (wink)

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  3. Never knew it was so big. My dad was a tennis player through college and into his 50s then took up golf. He used to watch it regularly too.

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  4. Looks like a fantastic day out.

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  5. Greta tour of Wimbeldon museum. First tome for me,

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  6. Love the box hedging cameraman! :)

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  7. What a great tour indeed!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  8. Great photos and a very interesting tour. Wow! Loved it that you could sit in that interview place!

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  9. What a fun tour of Wimbledon! Great photos, thanks for sharing. Have a happy new week!

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  10. Great shots from the tour.

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  11. Haha … you look mighty fine waiting to be interviewed! Very interesting to learn of the long history of tennis and was impressed by feats of the athletes as well as the hedge artist.

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  12. What a delightful place to visit and awesome photography! Such history!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  13. That was a fun tour of the parts you don't see on the Telly. I cannot imagine playing a tennis match for 12 straight hours! You look very good waiting there to be interviewed about your win. And better luck next year in the lottery.

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  14. I am impressed that there is a clock for Melbourne and not one for Paris. So the cup does not go into the possession of the winner but remains at Wimbledon. I bet Ma Murray would have loved to have her son's trophy on her mantelpiece.

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  15. In didn't know that they had an artificial sun light machine. You look very official sitting there. great post. Janey

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  16. Thank you for sharing your tour. Wow that marathon 11+ hour match would have been exhausting - all credit to both players for their amazing stamina! It was interesting to look back at the list of past winners.

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  17. What a great place to see. Here's hoping Any Murray wins some more!

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  18. What a great series! Of course I have only seen the Wimbledon tennis grounds on TV. Must have been a blast to go there!

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  19. cool to have a postbox painted in gold to celebrate you :)

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  20. That must have been a fascinating tour. To see those trophies up close, walk past the winners board just for real and to take a walk around the grass courts. Shae you didn't get tickets. never mind, it will be on the telly - a lot!

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  21. Must have been very interesting for somebody who likes Tennis !

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  22. Wow, that was an interesting tour to see all the icons and places in reality.

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  23. That's a museum i've not yet been to. I'll add it to my list. Love the gold post box. It's great how you can learn something new. I didn't know about the post boxes & gold-medal winners.

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  24. I enjoyed this post.


    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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